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Rachel Simmons At TEDxWomen On Girls And Self-Esteem

First Posted: 12/02/11 05:26 PM ET Updated: 12/05/11 08:31 PM ET

On Thursday in New York, at the TEDxWomen Conference in midtown Manhattan, Rachel Simmons hosted a presentation about girls and self-esteem.

Simmons is the author of "The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence." She also runs the Girls Leadership Institute, which teaches girls between the ages of 7 and 18 how to be emotionally resilient and rebound from hardship and challenges.

HuffPost Parents sat down with Simmons to talk about the difference between raising a strong girl versus a strong boy. We delved into the topic of cyber-bullying and found out how a parent might monitor their daughter's online behavior -- without turning into her her stalker and losing trust in the process.

For Simmons, the challenge is in learning how to raise young women who personify resilience -- girls who move towards conflict and learn to persevere, rather than spend their lives shying away from it.

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